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The long and storied history of the Colts franchise includes two of the best quarterbacks of all time in Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. As if that weren’t enough, fans in Indy are fortunate enough to root for a new regime that features a number one overall draft pick who just may join the others at the top of the list of all time quarterbacks, and he is appropriately named Luck.
Coming out of Stanford, Andrew Luck has taken the league by storm. Stepping in after Peyton Manning was released following the 2011 season, there were certainly some big shoes to fill under center. Luck thrust himself into the role wholeheartedly and quickly won over teammates and coaches with his intelligence, skill, and toughness. His tenure in the league has proved fruitful, amassing three Pro Bowl appearances in three years and as many trips to the playoffs. The Lombardi Trophy may not be far behind. Two Super Bowl titles already belong to the Colts. One in 2006 and the other in 1970 when the team was located in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Colts joined the NFL in 1953. The team struggled through the early years until the 1958 when, coached by Weeb Ewbank and led by Johnny Unitas, the Colts defeated the New York Giants in what would come to be known as the greatest game ever played. They repeated as champions in 1959. They later captured two more championships (including one Super Bowl win) with the legendary Don Shula coaching the team. The 1970s proved to be a transitional period for the team as the Irsay family gained ownership of the team and the Unitas era came to an end. More changes were to come in 1983 when the team packed up and left Baltimore for Indianapolis.
The grass in Indianapolis did not prove to be any greener at first. Only one playoff appearance resulted in their first 11 seasons in Indy. Success began to find the team again in the 90s with Marshall Faulk in the backfield. The addition of Peyton Manning in 1998 brought some trial by fire, but by his second year they had gone from a record 3-13 to 13-3 and were poised for longstanding success. Breaking records left and right along the way, Manning led the Colts to 11 postseason appearances and one Super Bowl victory.
Last season, head coach Chuck Pagano leaned on Andrew Luck to bring this team all the way. They made it as far as the AFC Championship game before being bested by the eventual champion New England Patriots. Having only three NFL seasons under his belt, the future is looking very bright in Indianapolis and fans couldn’t be more excited to root for the Colts on Sundays.
The Colts have one of the easier schedules in the NFL for the upcoming season, hopefully ensuring another playoff berth. Fans in Indy will see teams coming to town such as the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos (Peyton Manning returning again to Indianapolis), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans.